The author celebrated her 30th birthday.

I'm single and I love it, but Minnesotans don't seem to believe me

In Minnesota, the average age of a bride is 26.9. It's just not socially acceptable to be unmarried past age 28.
10,000 Takes

My annual obsession with finding (and blasting) summer's hottest song

July 3
My annual obsession with finding (and blasting) summer's hottest song
An annual quest seeks the single track that captures our national mood.
10,000 Takes

A local's take on Up North weekenders: 'It really felt like an invasion'

May 24
In this 1989 file photo, cars filled with weekend travelers line up on 6th Street in Brainerd.
I grew up on Lake Mille Lacs, where locals like me had a complicated relationship with our big-city visitors.
Music
March 5
Justin Timberlake performed during halftime at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

What it was like to perform in 'chaotic' Super Bowl halftime show with J.T.

A clarinetist in the University of Minnesota's marching band was live with Justin Timberlake.
Super Bowl LII
January 30
Jared Goyette, right, with friend/fellow Eagles fan Brendan Woodcock.

Explaining Eagles fans to Minnesotans: We embrace our 'rough side'

It's true that the average Philadelphia sports fan has a chip on his shoulder. It's part of the way the city sees itself.
Variety
January 10
1975: Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson caught Roger Staubach’s “Hail Mary” pass as Vikings cornerback Nate Wright tumbled.

For this Vikings fan, Sunday's playoff game could repair wounds festering since 1970s

The Vikings have a shot at being the first NFL team to have home-field advantage for the Super Bowl. But for the team's fans, there's a lot more at stake than football.
Variety
December 22, 2017
A heaping helping of lutefisk was the star of a holiday dinner.

Newcomer gets her first whiff of a Minnesota holiday tradition

I was a young reporter assigned to cover the local lutefisk dinner. What could possibly go wrong?
Variety
November 22, 2017
The author’s heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks.

For Thanksgiving sides, this Minnesotan turns to heavenly (and hilarious) church lady cookbooks

My growing collection offers a glimpse into the past, with recipes for Creamed Green Beans and Snappy Tomatoes.
Variety
November 2, 2017
The author’s grandmother was featured in a 1956 column.

For this homegrown Minnesotan, digital newspaper archives mean binge-reading on family history

Digital newspaper archives reveal tragedies, triumphs and a sweet story about Grandma.
Variety
October 18, 2017
Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'

Thirty years at Uptown Y: 'The first and only gym I've ever joined'

That cinder-block building has remained a constant in my life.